We are spontaneous people. We walk by a store window and decide to go in. We see a new ice cream flavor and we give it a try. We see a commercial and we order a product. The list goes on and on.
Spontaneity is a desirable attitude in many situations, but there are some times when it can become a problem. When it comes to living our whys, intentionality—doing things on purpose—is preferred. Some people view intentionality as being too structured or rigid. But there are at least three benefits associated with living intentionally.
Simplicity. Life is confusing and spontaneity can redirect us away from our real goals in life. When we make a plan and diligently pursue it, we know when to say no and when to say yes. This eliminates some of the confusion in life and makes us much more productive.
Clarity. When intentionality guides our thinking processes, we can see our plans more clearly. This means we understand the good and the bad. We know the benefits and the challenges. We can connect today’s choices to the long-term consequences.
Accuracy. Intentionality is like aiming at the bulls eye and compensating for the effects of gravity on the arrow. When the target is clear, the trajectory of our lives will lead to the desired outcomes.
When we understand our whys, our lives will be rewarding today and influential for years to come. Every day will have purpose and meaning. Because what we do matters, we won’t live for retirement. The lines between work and play will grow blurry. That’s the life I want to live. What about you? Think about it!
How will living intentionally affect your daily schedule? What benefits will it provide?